Campbell Soup Co (CPB): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Campbell Soup ( CPB) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Campbell Soup rose $1.77 (4.3%) to $42.74 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,142,293 shares of Campbell Soup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,180,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.05-$42.98 after having opened the day at $41.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.97. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), up 5.7%, Concha y Toro Winery ( VCO), up 4.4%, Cresud ( CRESY), up 3.6% and Truett-Hurst Inc Class A ( THST), up 3.3%.

Campbell Soup Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets branded convenience food products. It operates through U.S. Simple Meals; Global Baking and Snacking; International Simple Meals and Beverages; U.S. Beverages; and Bolthouse and Foodservice segments. Campbell Soup has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Campbell Soup a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Campbell Soup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Sanderson Farms ( SAFM), down 3.3%, RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), down 3.1%, Coca-Cola Bottling Company ( COKE), down 3.0% and Inventure Foods ( SNAK), down 2.8% , were all laggards within the food & beverage industry with Tyson Foods ( TSN) being today's food & beverage industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage ( PBJ) while those bearish on the food & beverage industry could consider PowerShares DB Agriculture Sht ETN ( ADZ).

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